08/03/2022 | Writer: Selma Koçak

“We are here because we refuse to live in beggar’s bush which is deemed proper to women, children and LGBTI+s. Pots are empty but we are fed up with lies!”

March 8 demonstration in Ankara: We will move heaven and earth! Kaos GL - News Portal for LGBTI+

Photographs: Burçin Kalkın Kızıldaş / Kaos GL

Women came together at Anıtpark in Ankara, within the context of 8 March International Women’s Day. Women and LGBTI+s shouted “We won’t shut up, we are not afraid, we do not obey!” in the demonstration which was organized at the invitation of the Ankara Women’s Platform.

Nazan Karacabey read the press statement in behalf of the Platform. Reminding the resistances in Karacabey, Mersin Tarsus Fruit Market, Oppo, Alpin Çorap, Darinda Çorap, Farplas and Migros Depo, Karacabey said: “We are everywhere for demanding the reward of our labor and equal pay for equal work, and today here.”

The statement included the following:

“While the male alliance, which prefers to direct the anger accumulating in crisis onto women and LGBTI+s, is trying to stamp on our lives with the help of imposed norms as religion, cults and holiness, we take action, we are coming to tear down the patriarchal system! Many of our comrades with whom we struggle shoulder to shoulder, Kurdish women being in the first place, are exposed to strip-search and all kind of violence in the prisons. Many of inmates, like Aysel Tuğluk, do not have suitable medical condition for being in prison, however they are not discharged and ill women prisoner’s right to access healthcare is violated. We are here to defend peace against war!” 

“We are here because we refuse to live in beggar’s bush which is deemed proper to women, children and LGBTI+s. Pots are empty but we are fed up with lies!”

“We promise ‘We won’t shut up, we won’t be afraid, we will move heaven and earth!’ to all women we defend each other and who passed away following a resilience year, to LGBTI+s, to all prisoners; to all women who struggle against harassment, rape and male violence at the street, at home, at work, at school, once again from here, March 8 platform.”


Tags: human rights, women
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